Things to do in Merimbula, New South Wales, Australia

Fishing, Surfing, Relaxing, Sun and Stunning Coast and Beaches

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We spent our Easter break this year my kids aged 11 and 17 and I, on the sunny Sapphire Coast in Merimbula, New South Wales.  It’s renowned as the Sapphire Coast as the beaches are stunning aqua blue and it also has many surf spots – our favourite pastime.

I would suggest day one walking into town for a coffee and cake. There are ample eateries and small boutique shops.  We found WIFI an issue with our provider (Merimbula is in a valley and surrounded by hills) so often snuck into Macca’s to download messages etc. with the free WIFI available there. 

After a stroll you can walk back and head to the beach and grab some sunshine and waves.  The Merimbula main beach has smaller gentler waves and ideal for your long board.

We would often head over the hill to Short Point on the other side of town where there is bigger swell and a bit more action if you like to carve it up on your short board.  If that isn’t your thing then is a small lake where you can have a swim and a paddle.  Really great for smaller kids if the ocean is looking a bit strong. But this also is a great place to body board 😊

Other must dos:

Merimbula is renowned for its seafood to eat and catch as well as it’s many oyster farms in the main lake. It is a haven for fishing. We did this for fun off the board walk, just under the main bridge and we were not disappointed. There are many charter fishing boats going out from here as well.   You can hire a boat and/or pay to go out in the morning on the fishing charters. It’s loads of fun.  You get to keep what you catch!

Fishing tackle and bait is available near the bridge and the staff are very helpful. It only cost us $40 including bait.  A little tip. If there are locals dredging at low tide look in their buckets. We wandered over and this guy had half a bucket of what looked like mini prawns – he called them ‘nippers’. He gave a handful and suggested we sue this as live bait and that is when the fun began.  Just on high tide the fish were biting (see pics). We caught a large leather jacket and whiting and we were sharing them with local families to take back for dinner!  Great fun and we managed to reel these in on the small fishing rod I had purchased for me daughter. Smiles all round.

A stroll along the board walk at sunset. Go into the lake one night. The next evening cross the bridge and head the other way out to the mouth of the lake where you will more than likely find a stunning sunset and see many sea creatures in the lake.  We loved our evening walks and if you are a bit of a photographer the sunset will not disappoint.

A drive to Pambula River Mouth / beach which is no more than 10 minutes is worth a look.  You could walk from Merimbula along the beach if you are feeling git. We did drive around and on the way stopped in the shops. I highly recommend the bakery. One of the most delicious cauliflower cheese pies I have ever tasted. It was worth the wait. There are ample other cafes and eateries here.

At the beach here, we were lucky enough to be surfing and a pod of dolphins joined in 😊 

You can also, if surfing isn’t your thing, walk up over the rocks and enjoy to the rock pools and see what you find 😊


Ample options for accommodation from hire a powered or non-powered campsite in the 3 caravan parks available to you and/or motels, small resorts and houses you can hire via Air BNB. We have both stays rented apartments via Air BNB and have not been disappointed with easy walks into town and water views.

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Beer:5 $
Water:3 $
Pizza:15 $
Coke 0.3l:4.50 $
Lunch:10-15 $
Dinner:10-30 $